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Pat Forde: Mike Riley Has Entered The "Danger Zone"

Nebraska's head coach is on the hot seat.

Mike Riley is coaching for his job the rest of the season.

Nebraska's head coach has several years left on his contract, but you don't start 1-2 for the second time in three seasons and retain a ton of job security.

Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde tackled the Riley issue in his column today. He says the Huskers' head coach has entered the "danger zone" after the loss to Northern Illinois:

That loss drops Riley’s winning percentage at Nebraska to .552 (16-13), which lags far behind fired predecessor Bo Pelini (.713) and is right in line with the regrettable Bill Callahan (.551). Which should make Eichorst more than a little squeamish, since he went Lone Ranger to hire Riley away from Oregon State in 2014 – an outside-the-box move that was a personality upgrade from sourpuss Pelini but a competitive downgrade thus far.

The Omaha World-Herald reported last week that Riley was given a one-year contract extension through 2020 last winter – something the school had kept under wraps for whatever reason. Now the talk will be more about buyouts than extensions.

Eichorst made a postgame appearance Saturday to answer questions from the media and apparently didn’t pull punches. “I don’t think there’s any question that it’s not acceptable,” Eichorst said, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Nebraska is set to host Rutgers on Saturday. If the Huskers can't win that one, the pitchforks will certainly be out in Lincoln.